2 shipyard workers die in Subic


SUBIC, Zambales: A contractual worker for Keppel Subic Shipyard Inc. and a sandblaster at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) died in separate accidents here last month. The fatalities were identified as Eleazar Viernes, 63, a diver from Olongapo City, and Maynard Bartolome, 32, of Isabela province. In a report submitted by Keppel to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Bureau of Working Conditions, it said Viernes died while working underwater with another worker to install a dummy gate for replacement of valve of its Pacific Dock. Vierner, however, was reported by another worker to have suffered difficulty in breathing underwater. He died after an hour later at the hospital. Similarly, Bartolome died when his head was accidentally crushed by a barrier at one of the sandblasting sections of Hanjin shipyard when another worker accidentally pressed the button that activated the automatic sliding barrier. Bartolome was the 38th reported case at Hanjin since it started operations here in Subic.


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